The Register-Herald, Beckley, West Virginia

May 1, 2011

Obituaries — Sunday, May 1, 2011

William D. Anderson

HELEN — William Dewey Anderson, 81, of Helen, died Thursday, April 28, 2011.

Arrangements are incomplete at Tankersley Funeral Home, Mullens.

Eleanor (Wolodkin) Black

WHEELING — Eleanor (Wolodkin) Black, 73, of Wheeling,  W.Va., passed away Saturday, April 30, 2011, at her home.

Eleanor was born December 17, 1937, in Wheeling, a daughter of Anne (Remick) Wolodkin of Wheeling and the late John Wolodkin. She was a 1955 graduate of Triadelphia High School; former employee of H.E. Neumann Co., Wheeling; and was a former swim instructor at the Y.M.C.A., having taught children and adults of all ages.

In addition to her father, Eleanor was preceded in death by a sister, Marian Ratcliffe.

In addition to her mother, Eleanor is survived by her loving husband of 55 years, Robert E. “Bob” Black; two daughters, Karen Black Froble Marano and her husband, John, of Beckley, W.Va., and Anne Remick Black of Wheeling; a sister, Elizabeth Hawkins of Wheeling; two grandsons, Jonathan and Matthew Froble of Beckley; and several nieces and nephews.

Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Monday at Altmeyer Funeral Home, Elm Grove Chapel, 154 Kruger Street, Wheeling, where a vigil service will be held at 7:30 p.m.

Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at noon Tuesday, May 3, 2011, at St. Michael Catholic Church, Wheeling, with the Rev. William K. Matheny as celebrant. Interment will be in Greenwood Cemetery, Wheeling.

The family suggests that memorial contributions be made to St. Michael Parish, 1225 National Road, Wheeling, WV 26003.

Online condolences may be offered to the family at

William Rufus  Bowling Jr.

WHITE SULPHUR SPRINGS — William Rufus “Bill” Bowling Jr. died Friday, April 29, 2011.

Funeral services will be at 1 p.m. Tuesday, May 3, at Emmanuel United Methodist Church with the Rev. Ben Gurley officiating. Interment will follow in Rosewood Cemetery, Lewisburg. Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Monday, May 2, at the funeral home.

Donations can be made for the Cystic Fibrosis Society, 6931 Arlington Road, Bethesda, MD 20814.

Shanklin Funeral Home, White Sulphur Springs, is serving the family.

Everett Elkins

Everett Elkins, 83, of Glen Daniel, died Saturday, April 30, 2011.

Condolences may be sent to the family’s guestbook at

Arrangements by Melton Mortuary, Beckley.

William C. Gibson

MABEN — William C. Gibson, 76, of Maben, died Saturday, April 30, 2011.

Arrangements are incomplete at Tankersley Funeral Home, Mullens.

Thomas Haynes Hurst Sr.

MURFREESBORO, Tenn. — Thomas Haynes Hurst, Sr., age 56, of Murfreesboro, died on April 28, 2011, at Centennial Medical Center following a long, hard-fought battle with cancer.

Born May 10, 1954, in Beckley, WV, he was the son of Jo Ann Haynes Hurst and the late William A. “Bill” Hurst, Sr.

Mr. Hurst spent his childhood years in Beckley and attended Woodrow Wilson High School, where he was a very popular member of the Slimy Crew of ’72. He entered the U.S. Army, served in the 101st Airborne division, and completed his tour in Stuttgart, Germany.

After service, he moved to Nashville and raised a family. He worked at Bridgestone Tire and Nashville Gas. He was an avid sports fan, enjoyed playing poker, loved boating, and spoiling his grandkids.

Survivors include his mother, Jo Ann Haynes Hurst. Two daughters: Toni Hurst Truett, Angela Hurst Casey and husband Jerry; and one son, Thomas (T.J.) Haynes Hurst Jr.; three grandchildren, Alexandra Grace Kimbrough, Avery McKenna Casey, and Garrett Thomas Truett, all of Murfreesboro. One brother, William A. “Bill” Hurst Jr., one sister, Sue Ann Hurst Baber and husband Roddy; two nephews: William Casey Baber and Christopher Thomas Kelly Baber, all of Beckley, WV; along with several aunts, uncles, and cousins with whom he was very close and his significant other Jeanne Elam, of Las Vegas, NV.

In recent years, Mr. Hurst was able to meet and form a very special bond with his bone marrow donor, Cathy Walker, and her family, whose selfless contribution gave him 3 additional years of life.

Service will be at 3 p.m. on Sunday, May 1, 2011, at Jennings and Ayers Funeral Home, Murfreesboro, with Rev. Bill Adcock officiating. Interment will follow at Evergreen Cemetery, Murfreesboro. Visitation was from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Saturday at Jennings and Ayers, and will be one hour before the service on Sunday.

Pallbearers will be Thomas Haynes Hurst Jr., Roddy Baber, Casey Baber, Chris Baber, Jerry Casey, Joey Jacobs and Brian Truett.

Mr. Hurst was an avid supporter of The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. Each year he took such pride in his Light the Night Walk Team — Team Haynes — to raise money and awareness for a cure. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations in memory of Tom “Haynes” Hurst be made to his “Team Haynes.”

Thomas ‘Tom’ L. Jones

PETERSTOWN — Thomas (Tom) L. Jones, age 89, of Peterstown, WV, passed away Friday, April 29, 2011.

He was a devoted husband to Betty Lou Lawrence Jones, for 68 years. Thomas was born October 29, 1921, son of Grover and Grace Buckland Jones, one of 16 brothers and 1 sister.

As a young man he was baptized into the Christian faith. Tom served in the Army during World War II, was a charter member of the Rowe-Jones American Legion Post 145, and proudly served as Post Commander for numerous years. He was instrumental in the building of the Rowe-Jones Veterans’ War Memorial in Peterstown. Tom was a charter member of the Peterstown Fire Department, serving as an active member for many years. He was a Boy Scout Master of Troop 151, a member of the Appalachian Council, and was presented with the Scouts’ highest honor, the Silver Beaver. In 2010 a statue commemorating his service as scoutmaster was presented to the Buckskin Council in Charleston, WV, where it remains on permanent display. As a Senior Manufacturing Specialist employed by Celanese for 46 years he traveled extensively as their leading expert in filament and cigarette tow. He was a proud supporter of high school sports and shared a passion for football with his grandson, Andrew. Governor Joe Manchin III presented Tom with the Distinguished West Virginian Award, Order of the 35th Star in 2007, the highest honor presented to a private citizen. He had a love for gardening throughout his life, always sharing food with neighbors and those in need. Additionally he enjoyed listening to bluegrass music and his granddaughter Ann-McKenzie sing Christian hymns.

Surviving children are: Marshall and Pat Jones, Mike and Sue Jones, Larry and Connie Jones, Jane and Bill Kersey, Tommie and Tony Noble, Rick and Sharon Jones, Tim and Cathy Jones, Sherry and Steve Baker, and Melissa and Donnie Evans. He was blessed with 17 grandchildren: Chris Jones, Leah Jones, Shane Jones, Zach Jones, Kari Bohrnstedt, Mikel Kersey, Brooke Kersey, Christa Dunn, Susan Perkins, Gregory Jones, Stephane Johnston, Whitney Jones, Caroline Jones, Preston Jones, Ann-McKenzie Baker, Andrew Evans, and Benjamin Thomas Evans, youngest grandchild and namesake. 16 Great-grandchildren: Lori and Ashton Jones, Taylor, Kiersten, and Madison Keeling, Sean Bishop, Kaleb, Rynning, and Hazel Bohrnstedt, Logan and Hannah Dunn, Audrey and Avery Perkins, Isaac, Grant, and Sophia Johnston. Additionally he is survived by his only sister, Charlotte Ann Faulkner, and brothers, Woodrow (Monk) Jones, Grover Jones, Jr., Leslie Jones, and Giles Jones. Tom was preceded in death by two of his grandchildren, Whitney Jones and Zachary Jones as well as 12 brothers.

Funeral Services will be 1 p.m. Monday, May 2, 2011, at the Broyles-Shrewsbury Funeral Home Chapel with Dr. John Sauvage and Jim Terry officiating. Burial will follow in the Peterstown Cemetery, Rich Creek, VA. Family and friends may call from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Sunday, May 1, 2011, at the funeral home.

The Jones family would like to extend a special thank you to HospiceCare of Lewisburg and Country View Assisted Living.

Online guestbook can be signed or condolences may be sent to the Jones family at

Arrangements by Broyles-Shrewsbury Funeral Home, Peterstown, WV.

Jerry Kidd

Jerry Kidd, 51, of MacArthur, passed away Saturday, April 30, 2011.

Arrangements are pending completion at the Rose and Quesenberry Funeral Home in Beckley.

Sallie Elizabeth Bragg Kincaid Meadows

Sallie Elizabeth Bragg Kincaid Meadows, age 96, of Irish Mountain, passed away peacefully to her heavenly home on Friday morning, April 29, 2011, at her beloved home.

Mrs. Meadows was the daughter of the late Henderson and Carrie Bragg, and was born on June 24, 1914, at Abraham.  She was a homemaker, and was of the holiness faith.

Mrs. Meadows was preceded in death by brothers, Jesse, George, David, Merlin, and Joseph Bragg, by sisters, Donnie Meadows, Florrie Gwinn, and Helen McMann. She was also preceded in death by husbands, Mack Kincaid and Clyde Meadows, by sons Billie Joe Bragg and Junior Mack Kincaid, by a daughter, Ella Mae Thornquest, and by grandsons, Tony Bragg and Brian Meadows.

Those left to cherish her memory include her children: Nellie Smith of Shady Spring; Charles Kincaid and his wife Vicki of Irish Mountain; Jimmie Kincaid and his wife Joyce of Irish Mountain; Mary Marema of Irish Mountain; Freddie Kincaid of Irish Mountain; Shelba Petrey and her husband Eugene of Shady Spring; Donald Meadows and his wife Loretta of Irish Mountain.

A sister, Madeline McElroy of Arkansas, 36 grandchildren, many great-grandchildren, and great-great-grandchildren also survive.

Funeral services will be conducted at the Rose and Quesenberry Peace Chapel in Beckley, on Tuesday, May 3, 2011, at 1 p.m. with Mr. Kenneth Webb officiating. Burial will follow at the Kincaid and Meadows Cemetery at Irish Mountain. Friends may call at the funeral home from 6 to 9 p.m. on Monday. Grandsons will serve as pallbearers. Online condolences may be sent to our guestbook at

Arrangements are by Rose and Quesenberry Funeral Home, 1901 South Kanawha Street, Beckley, West Virginia.

Ronald Mills Jr.

Ronald Mills Jr., 33, of Beckley, passed Saturday, April 30, 2011.

Arrangements are by Rose and Quesenberry Funeral Home in Beckley.

Katelyn Rene Polen

It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of most beloved Katelyn Rene Polen. Katelyn passed away Thursday, April 28th, 2011, at her home on Murray Street here in Beckley, following a long illness. She was only 21 years of age.

“Miss Kitty Cat Katelyn,” as her mother loved to call her when she was growing up, was born on September 9, 1989, in Beckley. She was the precious daughter of Barbara Ferguson, who survives her. Katelyn’s maternal grandparents, Billy and Isabel Ferguson, have preceded her in death.

When we remember Katelyn, we recall her love of life. She loved to dance and she enjoyed a good meal. Her mother, Barbara, reflected, “Katelyn had good heart.” Katelyn will be remembered for her deep abiding love for cats. She always looked out for those little strays that had no home. Her most recent kitty pals are “Mr. Beet,” “Oliver” and “Buster.” Like everyone in this world we all have our struggles; for Katelyn it would be Bipolar Disorder. Her life at times would be engulfed in the shadows and at other times her life was just so beautiful. Katelyn had hoped to become a nurse. Perhaps God saw a need for Katelyn to come to Him so early in life …  to help watch over all the little creatures in heaven. “Unto everything there is a season…”

In addition to her mother Barbara, those left to cherish her memory are her son, Terry Franklin; her maternal uncles, Bill Ferguson and his wife, Brenda, Millard Ferguson and his wife, Debbie, and Cub Ferguson all of Beckley. Katelyn will be sadly missed by her many cousins and friends.

On Monday, May 2nd, at 2 p.m. we will remember the life of this sweet spirit with a “Service of Remembrance” at the Melton Mortuary Chapel. Pastors Bill Parker and Jeff Canterbury of the Calloway Heights Baptist Church will be officiating. This is Barbara’s home church. Katelyn would often attend church with her mother. The family will receive friends from noon until the service hour. Katelyn will then be laid to rest in the Calfee Cemetery at Mt. Tabor.

And so now we must say our goodbyes. You are too much loved to ever be forgotten, “Miss Kitty Cat Katelyn.” You will now be that “Angel Unaware” that walks among us. Until the day breaks and the evening shadows fall you will be remembered. ... Forever young … Forever beautiful.

Condolences may be sent to the family’s guestbook at

Arrangements by Melton Mortuary, Inc., Beckley, WV.

Edward Lee Sims

TULARE, Calif. — Edward L. Sims, 65, died April 21, 2011, in Tulare, CA, following a long illness.

Edward L. Sims was born December 25, 1945, in Oak Ridge, TN, to Ernest Theodore Sims and Alice Louise Woollard Sims. He formerly resided in Salem, Va.; Avon, OH; Cleveland, OH; and Clintonville, WV.

He attended Rupert High School until 1964. He relocated to Cleveland, OH, where he completed the remainder of his education.

Mr. Sims had a successful career in the transportation industry as an Owner Operator for 43 years. He not only took pride in his business, but truly relished the friends and colleagues he made during his career. Mr. Sims had a love for music and animals, dogs in particular. In earlier years, he was also a Dachshund breeder.

Mr. Sims’ greatest passion was spending time with his family. He took great joy in planning get-togethers and cooking for all his family and friends.

Edward L. Sims is survived by his brother, Richard Sims and his wife Janet of Hinkley, OH, and their four sons: Richard Sims Jr., Robert Sims, Ronnie Sims and Billy Loughlin; Mr. Sims’ four children, Edward Sims II and fiancée Charlotte Hamrick of Clintonville, WV; Gary and Lisa Sims of Lewisburg, WV; Randy and Anne Sims of Clintonville, WV; Krystal “Krys” and David Spence of New Castle, VA; and his eight grandchildren.

Services will be at 2 p.m. Tuesday, May 3, 2011, at the Wallace Memorial Mausoleum Chapel in Clintonville with Rev. Jay Talbott officiating. Entombment will follow in the Wallace Memorial Mausoleum.

Friends may call one hour prior to the service at the mausoleum.

Arrangements by Wallace & Wallace, Inc., of Rainelle, WV.

Della D. Slade

BUD — Della Darlene Slade, 68, of Bud died Friday, April 29, 2011, in a Welch hospital following a short illness.

Born January 11, 1943, at New Bern, NC, she was the daughter of the late Benjamin Franklin Carter and Ada Belle Caraway.

Della was a homemaker, she attended the Alpoca Pentecostal Church Of God, had been a resident of Bud for the past 11 years, and was formerly of New Bern, NC.

In addition to her parents she is also preceded in death by her husband, Robert Frederick Slade, Sr.; a daughter, Roberta Slade; a sister, Juanita Carter; and a great-grandson, Levi.

Those left to cherish her memory include her daughter, Nora Kay Bennett of Bud; a son, Robert F. Slade, Jr.. of North Carolina; three sisters, Mattie, Lulu, and Mary all of North Carolina; one brother, Fred of Delaware; four grandchildren, Scooter, B.J., Calvin, and Tabitha; and six great-grandchildren, Ty, Austin, Elizabeth, Brianna, Brielle, and Jada.

Friends may call from 1 to 2 p.m. on Monday, May 2, 2011, at Tankersley Funeral Home, Mullens.

There will be no funeral service and in keeping with Della’s wishes her body will be cremated following the visitation.

Online condolences may be expressed to the family at

Arrangements by Tankersley Funeral Home, Mullens.

Margarete Smith

Margarete Smith, 86, of Mabscott, passed away.

Online condolences may be left at

Arrangements are pending at Calfee Funeral Home, Beckley.

Sylvia Steele

BRENTON — Sylvia Steele, 98, of Brenton, passed away Friday, April 29, 2011.

Arrangements are incomplete at this time. Calfee Funeral and Cremation Service is serving the Steele family.

Jewell Stover

Jewell Hope Stover of Beckley died Friday, April 29, 2011.

Committal services will be at 11 a.m. Monday, May 2, at the Sunset Memorial Park Mausoleum B. Those wishing to attend the services are asked to meet at the mausoleum by 10:45 a.m. Monday.

Condolences may be sent to the family’s guestbook at

Arrangements by Melton Mortuary, Beckley.

Roger Dale Thomas

BRENTON — Roger Dale Thomas, 55, of Brenton, passed away Thursday, April 28, 2011.

Funeral services will be at 2 p.m. Monday, May 2, in the Chapel of Stafford Family Funeral Home, Lynco, with Pastor Jim Davis and Brother Dan Lawrence officiating. Roger will be laid to rest in the Rose Cemetery, Brier Creek. Friends may gather with the family from noon until service time Monday at the funeral home.

E-mail letters of sympathy may be sent at

The family is being served by the Stafford Family Funeral Home, Lynco.

Martha Jane Turner

Martha Jane Turner, 65, of Glen Daniel, WV, took Jesus Christ by the hand and went to her heavenly home on Thursday, April 28, 2011, following a long illness.

Born May 25, 1945, at Kayford, WV, she was a daughter of the late Dayton and Charty Holsteen. She was also preceded in death by her husband, Jerry Turner.

She was a homemaker. She loved spending time with her family and her grandchildren whom she loved and adored so much.

Those left to cherish her precious memory include her four children and their spouses, Larry and Shealah of Greensboro, NC, Lisa and Mike Webb of Cincinnati, Ohio, Donna and Carson Patrick of Beckley, WV, and Kenneth and Melissa Turner of Glen Daniel, WV; eight grandchildren, Kela Wedding, Amanda Robertson, Felica Owens, Brandon Patrick, Angelia Turner, Kenny Turner, Jerry Turner and Jacob Turner; nine great-grandchildren, Kayla Webb, Graci Wedding, Maliah Wedding, Parker Wedding, Kristofer Robertson, Kadyn Owens, Kylie Robertson, Brooklynn Turner and Johannah Wedding; and six sisters and four brothers.

Services will be 1 p.m. Monday, May 2, at Sundial Assembly of God, Sundial, WV, with the Rev. David Cook officiating. Burial will follow in Pineview Cemetery, Orgas, WV. Pall bearers will be Brandon Patrick, Kenny Turner, Jerry Turner, Jon Owens, Paul Cantley and Guy Cantley.

Friends may call after 11 a.m. prior to the service at the church.

A very special thanks to Dr. David Shimms and his staff at Raleigh Regional Cancer Center; Bowers Hospice House in Beckley and their staff; and Dorsel Turner, Dennis Turner, Sharon Walker and Linda Estep. Many thanks to you for being there for us.

Arrangements by Handley Funeral Home in Danville, WV.

Andrew Lee ‘Andy’ Whitlock

LEIVASY — Andrew Lee “Andy” Whitlock, 22, of Leivasy, died Saturday, April 30, 2011, due to a single-car accident on Fenwick Mountain.

Services will be at 2 p.m. Sunday, May 1, in Simons-Coleman Funeral Home, Richwood, with the Rev. Jerry Sims officiating. Visitation will be from 1 to 2 p.m. Sunday, May 1, in Simons-Coleman Funeral Home, Richwood. Interment will be in Mt. View Memorial Park, Richwood.

All arrangements were made by Simons-Coleman Funeral Home, Richwood.

Robert N. Wilson

St. PETERSBURG, Fla. — Robert N. Wilson, 78, of St. Petersburg, FL, and formerly of Ansted, WV, passed away April 28, 2011, at Gulf Shores Rehabilitation and Nursing Center, Pinellas Park, Fl.

He served 27 years in the Air Force, 17 years as a programmer with the Veterans Administration in Austin, Texas. He was a Master Mason for 47 years and a member of the International Shriners. He also was a member of the American Legion Post WV 0094 for 35 years.

He is survived by his wife, Sue Ann Wilson; his sons, Michael (Karen) of Niceville, FL, and Joseph (Ivanna) of Atlantic City NJ; daughter Patricia of Stuttgart, Germany; and a stepson, Johnny Osborne (Lori) of Marion, OH. He also has nine grandchildren, Johnathan, Angela, Teresa, Megan, Jacob, Brandi, John William, Jennifer and Kimberly, and four great-grandchildren, Cameron, Griffith, Arian, and Aleah.

Funeral Service will be held at Reese Funeral Home in Seminole, FL, on Tuesday, May 3, at 12 noon. Interment will follow at 1:30 p.m. in Bay Pines National Cemetery, Bay Pines, FL. In lieu of flowers, the family would be pleased if donations are made to Suncoast Hospice, 3050 1st Avenue South, St. Petersburg, FL 33712. Reese Funeral Home & Crematory, Seminole, FL 727-391-9954. Online guestbook at